Born to a Belgian parent

 

Note: Your parentage must be clearly established in all cases.


A. If you were born before 1 January 1967

You are a Belgian citizen if:

  • You are the legitimate child of a father who is a Belgian citizen. In this case, you are Belgian from birth

OR 

  • You were born out of wedlock and the first parent to acknowledge you was a Belgian citizen. In this case, you are Belgian from the moment of acknowledgement.


B. If you were born between 1 January 1967 and 31 December 1984

  • You are a Belgian citizen if you met the conditions under point A (above) before 01.01.1985

OR

  • You have been a Belgian citizen since 01.01.1985 if you met the conditions under point C below.


C. If you were born after 1 January 1985

You are a Belgian citizen if:

  • You were born in Belgium to a Belgian parent (father or mother)

OR

  • You were born abroad AND:

1. Your Belgian parent was born in Belgium or in Belgian Congo before 30 June 1960 or in Rwanda or Burundi before 1 July 1962;

OR

2. Your Belgian parent was born abroad and makes a declaration, within a period of five years following your birth, requesting that you be granted Belgian nationality. This declaration, called the ‘award declaration’ must be taken at the Belgian consular offices where your Belgian parent is registered in the consular population register abroad. If the parent lives in Belgium, they should contact the registrar in their municipality. You obtain Belgian nationality on the date upon which the "déclaration d'attribution/toekenningsverklaring" is made.

OR

3. Your Belgian parent was born abroad and did not submit a "déclaration d'attribution/toekenningsverklaring" of Belgian nationality within a period of five years following your birth but you were not given another nationality before you turned 18. However, if you were given another nationality before you turned 18, you lose your Belgian nationality.  

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